The Delhi High Court has clamped down on the use of ‘Chinese manja’ or razor sharp threads used to fly kites.
A bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed the Delhi government and municipal corporations to issue advisories to make the public aware of the fatal effects of the use of Chinese manja by Saturday.
The manja is a razor sharp thread made of nylon, plastic or synthetic laced with glass, metal and other sharp objects .
The bench directed the Delhi Police commissioner to ensure advisories were issued by all authorities concerned, so as to prevent untoward incidents in Delhi during the kite-flying festival this month.
The Delhi government is in the process of issuing a notification to impose a complete ban on the sale, production, storage, supply and use of nylon, plastic and other kite-flying threads that are sharp or made with sharp objects.
Kite flying is popular in Delhi, particularly during the festive season of ‘Makar Sankranti’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ‘Independence Day’.
Zulfiquar, a Delhi resident, said in a plea that earlier “victims” of the synthetic thread used to be birds “but now humans are also under threat”.
He referred to the death of a 28-year-old man in East Delhi, whose throat was slit by such a thread while riding a motorbike in August last year.
Hussain contended that the use and sale of the thread has been banned by the Rajasthan High Court and that the Allahabad High Court has issued directions to take necessary steps to prohibit manufacture, use and sale of synthetic kite flying thread like ‘Chinese manja’.
The Delhi government’s senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra told the court that the draft notification was in the public domain, inviting objections from stakeholders.
“Kite-flying shall be permissible only with a cotton thread or natural fibre, “free from metallic or glass components,” the notification read.